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THE ROYAL OAK: Planning application submitted shortly after Bushey pub announced closure 

 Published on: 13th February 2020   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

A revised planning application has been submitted to turn The Royal Oak into six flats shortly after owners announced the pub was closing for good last month. 

The highly rated pub, in Sparrows Herne, has been stuck in the middle of a fight between the developer and the community who have been fighting to save the pub since the first planning application was submitted.

If accepted, the pub will be transformed into six residential flats, compromising of one three-bed, three two-beds and two one-beds flats.  

In total, three proposals to redevelop the pub have been put forward to Hertsmere Borough Council with the last two being rejected.

Taking on board the reasons why the previous proposals were denied, the developers have reduced the number of flats by one, have removed the side extension by moving it to the rear of the property and ensured the appearance of the pub from the street scene would remain largely unchanged. 

Eight parking spaces, including one disabled, were also included in the scheme. 

Amidst the planning application drama, the Bushey community were saddened by the news after fighting to do whatever it takes to save the pub from closing. 

Natalie Tebbitts was part of the group fighting to save the pub who even managed to get it listed as an asset of community value. 

Speaking in last month’s issue of BusheyNews, Natalie said: “The local community was shocked and devastated to hear about the unexpected closure and saddened for the staff who lost their jobs. 

“We can only hope that the premises will soon be occupied again and give us back the community asset we have been fighting so hard for.”

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